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Len Jessup, big man on campus

UNLV President Len Jessup
UNLV Photo Services/Geri Kodey

Medical school, stadiums and wars with the north—Len Jessup, formerly the dean of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, has his work cut out for him. After a year-long nationwide search, the Nevada Board of Regents chose Jessup in November as the 10th president in UNLV history. He’s known as a skilled fundraiser, and that talent should come in handy to help pay for his $525,000 base salary—the highest ever for a UNLV president—and several aspirational projects.

UNLV hopes to launch a medical school, which will take an estimated $100 million in local fundraising. The school is also intent on reaching the highest level of rankings for research universities. And don’t forget UNLV is also exploring on-campus stadium options in hopes of ditching Sam Boyd.

The Rebels handed Arizona its first loss of the basketball season soon after Jessup got the nod—we’ll take that as a good omen.

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